So Far Lost in Manhood

I found this tintype in Coldwater, Michigan and although it's in rough condition (I digitally removed a lot of scratches from the men's faces) I couldn't pass it up.  Written on a piece of tape on the back is "J.D. Anglin and Frank McCuen - Willards Grandfather McCuen."  There was no photographer or location noted... Continue Reading →

Many-Faced Portrait

How many faces do you see in this moody 1870s Victorian portrait?  I'll provide my answer at the end of the post.  This antique cabinet photo features the Sturges siblings; Wallace, Eva, and Clara, as well as Eva's husband Frank Watson.  According to writing on the reverse Frank and Clara are standing. Click Image to... Continue Reading →

Brother

I purchased this real photo postcard, also known as an RPPC, at the same time as another antique photo but didn't pick up on the connection right away.  You might want to read my post about Birdie and Bert as this is Bert's younger brother, James McCollum.  Brace yourself, it's another sad story. "Hello to Bert... Continue Reading →

Farm Shop Boys

I couldn't pass up this wonderful 1938 snapshot of the Purdue University Farm Shop students.  All are identified by surname on the reverse.  It was a fun challenge!  Click on the image above to view it much larger and catch all the faces and details! There were only three individuals I wasn't able to identify;... Continue Reading →

Grandma Made the Dress

I picked up this cabinet card photo in Allegan, Michigan.  Although it's a lovely portrait I added it to my collection because of what was written on the back.  In addition to the Victorian couple being identified as Aunt Maude and Uncle Perry, there was a note signifying that this was their wedding day and... Continue Reading →

Dead Tired Dad

The man who sat for this portrait at Leaman & Lee's Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery in Reading, Pennsylvania is identified on the reverse as George Steinmatz (sic). The image was captured in the 1870s when he was about 40 years old.  The photographer tried to liven up George's wearied look by giving his cheeks a rosy... Continue Reading →

Fatally Hurt

This photobooth image and the newspaper clipping below were found together on eBay.  According to the unsourced article, "Albert Meadows, 28, of 78 Lagrave-av., S.E., was fatally injured near Mancelona when the car on whose bumper he was standing was struck by another automobile.  Meadows died in Petoskey hospital." Albert Dean Meadows was born November... Continue Reading →

Smile

William Arthur Ward said, "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."  Looking at the smiling face of the man who sat for these photobooth images definitely leaves me believing that he was a kind man.  I hope I'm right! I rescued these photobooth images from eBay.  Burton D. Day enlisted in the United... Continue Reading →

Hell in the Headlights

I found another example of what is often referred to as a memorial cabinet card and I am confident that this one was not created as a mourning photo or funeral handout.  The sitter, Franklin Arthur Lee, was about twenty-four years old when he stood for this portrait.  I suspect he chose this scroll frame... Continue Reading →

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